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Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The “Birdcage” is a cozy, rustic cabin with breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley. Sited high atop the Cahuilla Hills (adjacent to Bighorn Golf Club) and enveloped by the Santa Rosa Mountains, it is only 2 miles from downtown Palm Desert.

My aunt and uncle homesteaded this land in 1948 and built the cabin, affectionately known as 'The Bird Cage'. Frequented by movie stars in the 1950s who valued its privacy, it's one of the last homesteads in our area.

The Birdcage has one bedroom with a new queen-sized bed, a bathroom with a good size shower, and a living/dining/kitchen room — all with beautiful views. The large patio is perfect for drinking morning coffee while the sun rises over the mountains, gazing at hawks soaring overhead during the day, or watching the Valley below transition from gold to pink as the sun sets behind you. And at night, the sky holds a canopy of twinkling stars.

With its proximity to nature, The Birdcage captures the ambiance of life in the Wild West, yet the restaurants and world-class shopping on El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert) are just a 5-minute drive down the hill. Sublime and safe, the entrance to the property is secured by electronic gates and flanked by a beautiful stand of date palms.


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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About The Owner

We grew up using this property as our own vacation home. Now we want to share it with other. On the lower property we grow date palms and organic vegetables.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1973

Why The Owner chose Palm Desert

You feel worlds away from the congestion of the city. Yet it's only a 5 minute drive to wonderful resturants and shopping. The peace of having wide open spaces and a view of the valley below cannot be beat.

What makes this cabin unique

It's fun to stay here, relaxing, exhilarating at the same time. You're close to hiking, town and all the amenities of the area, yet in this quiet beautiful setting. The city light view is so spectacular that you won't want to go to bed!!

Ask about your dog. Dogs over two years old, well trained are okay. We are dog lovers!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

magical!!! just what i need

  • 5 of 5

This magical gem is exactly what I have been looking for, so close to Los Angeles and yet I felt I was far from the crazy world of things and though forms. Hiking spots close by. I am going to return as soon as time allows. When I needed to go out and see a movie and stop in at a restaurant all that was quite close by. I relaxed on the couch gazed out of the windows looking at all the views , its such a dreamy place. The bed room is cozy with the most comfortable bed , I slept well in this special quite place. I cant wait to return. Made me re boot and love life just knowing this is being shared with the inspired traveler. Thank you .

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

It was being hard to find accommodation near Coachella at reasonable prices due to my late decision to attend the Desert Trip concerts. But I discovered the VBRO website and this great Homestead Cabin - on the top of a mountain and with scenic views over the Coachella Valley, I began to fear about its safety for a lonesome (and unarmed) traveler… Ann, the owner, with patience and kindness, helped me up and, after a number of emails, I was reassured and even anxious to arrive in Cahuilla Hills. I drove from L.A. on an almost epic journey: 75 miles traffic jam, which meant 5 hours driving. I arrived in Palm Desert exhausted but, as I entered Ann’s property, I couldn’t feel nothing but the quietness of the place, helped by the well illuminated outside of the cabin, in an attention of Ann to make my late arrival more pleasant. Inside of the house, I was touched by the comfort of the living room and, on the table, a welcoming gift from Ann - a box of dates from her own production. After a 14 hours (hard) journey, came to my mind the expression “Home, Sweet Home“… The Homestead Cabin is an extremely comfortable and clean accommodation, decorated not as a mere space to be rent but as a little house with details that could perfectly turn it as our own house! Its comfort extends to the exterior where you can either have a meal under the front porch, contemplate the magnificent landscape of the Coachella Valley (both at sunset and at dawn) or even feel the quietness of the night in the desert where, with some luck, you might hear the howl of a coyote. Beyond enjoying this outstanding property and attending the concerts, I explored the surroundings: Palm Springs, the Indian Canyons, the Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea area, the Coachella Valley History Museum... All of this beauties and the immense affection of Ann and its daughter Catherine, left on me an immense will to go again to the Homestead Cabin, in Cahuilla Hills. But only the 5500 miles in between will make me think twice before going...

Mário Moreira (Porto, Portugal)

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mario, It was a treat to have you visit all the way from Portugal and we're so happy you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the nice review. Send your friends from Portugal!! if they are like you. Ann
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Little slice of heaven.

  • 5 of 5

The Birdcage is a delight - from the sun streaming in the bedroom window in the morning to the quiet beauty of the stars in the evening. Although it got a bit chilly at night during our stay we were very comfortable in the cabin and were able to enjoy our morning coffee out on the patio. Ann is a great host; very friendly and easy to talk to. She welcomed us on arrival but then left us alone to enjoy the cabin as if it were our own. We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful property to unwind and relax.

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful property to really relax and get away from it all. The host Ann is a great person and is there for anything you need. The cabin was clean and had everything you would need to stay in or plenty of good places to eat near by. It is in a good location but once you are there you really don't want to leave. The view of the city lights at night is awesome. I would highly recommend this cabin to everyone.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Beverly...We enjoyed your visit and thanks for the nice review!! Ann
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Charming House with Amazing Views! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We Stayed at the "Birdcage" homestead while attending the Desert Trip Concert series (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who & Roger Waters) in Indio. What a charming house and the views were to die for! Every morning we'd take our coffee outside and watch the starry sky turn the valley and surrounding mountains different shades of beautiful colors. We could view the full moon setting over one mountain range while witnessing the sun rise over another - all from cozy, cushioned chairs on the large patio. We'd have dinner at night at the table on the patio and watch the sunset over the desert mountains. It was the perfect setting. While in Palm Desert we drove out to Joshua Tree National Park and we enjoyed our day exploring the beautiful landscape. We also journeyed out to Coachella Nature Preserve where you can hike to an actual oasis in the desert. Very interesting and huge palm trees. We spent another day making the drive to the quaint town of Idyllwild where we had a delicious lunch. The art fair in Palm Springs is great people watching and the Palm Springs Museum is a must see. We had never visited this area of California and the "Birdcage" proved to be the perfect base camp for our exploring, a wonderful retreat to return to at the end of each tiring day. Ann, and her daughter (and their adorable pup) were gracious, informative and helpful. We had several chances to sit and chat with them and they were fun and delightful to get to know. We will miss them. Thank you both for sharing your property with us - we loved our time there! I promised I would send you our VRBO site in Grand Marais Minnesota on Lake Superior - it's property # 729882. Let us know if you have any trouble viewing it. Take good care! Pam & Charlie (Richfield, MN)

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and private!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Birdhouse. Ann was a pleasure to get to know and work with. Check in was provided with excellent directions. Once we arrived, front door was unlocked with a bottle of wine awaiting! Very secure spot with a million dollar view of Palm Desert. Less than a 5 minute drive to town and walking trails. If you are in for an adventure, we highly recommend this rental. We had no problems, heard coyotes every night and birds every morning. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hikes and walks. The Coachella Valley is full of many activities and great shopping and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $200

A detailed map will be sent prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Cahuilla Hills Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower with a window, view of mountains
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1),
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Million dollar city light, star & mountain views. This Homestead Cabin has been in the family for 50 years, shower with window, shaded patio, including date palm grove, 500 sq ft, looks down on Bighorn Golf Club & Stone Eagle Golf Club. Surrounded by the natural desert with desert plants and wildlife. Behind our private gates, in Estate area of Cahuilla Hills, Palm Desert, rare homestead cabin preserved. The last homestead cabin surrounded by million dollar homes. Experience quiet serenity that is 5 minutes from El Paseo.

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